Newsletter 15th April 2019

Weekly Newsletter

15th April 2019

Welcome back

Welcome back to everyone!  We hope that the children have enjoyed an exciting Spring holiday and are ready for the challenges and activities ahead this term.  Please note that school will be closed on Good Friday (19th April) and Easter Monday (22nd April) and that we will be holding our annual Easter assembly at 2pm this Thursday 18th April.

Exciting events and dates to note this term (for your diary, calendar and the fridge door!) include:-                                 

Tuesday 25th April                   FOH coin competition!

Thursday 2nd May                   Reception and Year 1 building will be used as a polling station for the

local election’s (R and Y1 will be in the hall and at the school field).

Thursday 9th May                    Y6 Chester races trip.

Friday 24th May                       School closes at 3.15pm for the half-term holiday.

Monday 3rd June                     INSET day (school is closed for pupils, staff will be working on assessment information and preparing the end of year reports).

Tuesday 4th June                    School re-opens

Wednesday 5th June               Class photographs

Wednesday 5th June               Induction evening for 2019-20 new Reception parents and families 

Friday 7th June                        Visitors arrive from our link school in Capetown, South Africa

Friday 7th June                        A group of children to visit Clatterbridge Cancer Unit as part of our LEGO fundraising project.

Thursday 13th June                 Cinema night – children can stay and have tea and watch a film (details to follow).

Tuesday 18th June                  Cheshire Show (the school choir and school band will be performing!).

Monday 24th June                   KS1 sports day at the field, 1.30pm.

Tuesday 25th June                  FAVSP District Sports at Kingsley Community Primary (KS2) at 6pm.

Wednesday 26th June             KS2 sports day at the field, 1.30pm.

Friday 28th June                      Non-uniform day, Inflatable ‘Assault Course’ at the field all day and after school and Summer fair!

Tuesday 9th July                      School reports to go out to parents.

Thurs 11th & Fri 12th July         Year 6 induction days at Helsby High School.

Friday 12th July                       ‘Changeover day’ – all children get the chance to spend a day in their class for the next academic year and meet their teacher.

Wednesday 17th July              Summer music concert (our musical groups perform for parents  grandparents and friends).

Tuesday 23rd July                   Year 6 leavers’ assembly at 9.30am

Wednesday 24th July              School closes for the summer holidays at 2pm.


Any queries or questions about any of the events planned for this term, please ask your child’s

class teacher, speak to Mr Richardson or pop into the school office. 

Extra-Curricular Clubs

Details for this term’s club will be sent home later this week with school led clubs starting next week. Choir, Art Jam and Drama clubs are starting this week.


As part of our sustainability and recycling work with our partners in South Africa, we are making some ‘Eco-bricks’ and are asking for your help.  We would like every child (or family) to make at least one ‘Eco-brick’ please.

To make an ‘Eco-brick’:-

  • Clean a 2 litre bottle
  • ‘stuff’ the 2 litre bottle full of un-recyclable waste (crisp packets, biscuit wrappers, chocolate bar wrappers, etc) until it is completely full!
  • Bring your ‘Eco-brick’ into school on Monday 10th June.

In Capetown, they are hoping to build a school out of ‘Eco-bricks’ and we plan to construct something too – ideas to be developed by the children and formalised by our school council.

Poetry Recital competition

We are holding another poetry recital competition this term.  Children are invited to either write a poem or choose a famous poem and learn it.  They will then recite it to their class.  Class winners will be decided by Friday 17th May so that we can hold a ‘Grand Final’ on Monday 22nd May in a special; assembly at 10.15am.  All class winners will receive certificates with the overall winners receiving a book token.  There will also be rewards for good listening too.  We hope that the children enjoy learning their poem and reciting it for their friends.

Sports update

Intra-school football competitions – on Thursday 28th March we had a whole school intra-football competition at the school field.  It was fantastic to see so many smiley children having fun all in the name of sport!  Check the school’s twitter for some brilliant photos.

Volleyball – this week our School Sports Coordinator, Mandy Dorrell, is working with our Y5/6 pupils to deliver some volleyball sessions ahead of the FAVSP volleyball festival.


Foster Care Campaign

Have you heard? Cheshire East, Cheshire West & Chester, Halton & Warrington Councils are collaborating to recruit more foster carers in the area and we need your help!  Do you have a spare bedroom, space in your home and your heart to foster children in your local area? We are looking for foster carers who can care for children particularly over 5yrs of age, those with disabilities, teenagers and siblings who need to stay together. Over 8,000 new foster families are needed in the UK in the next twelve months, maybe you could be one of them.  Our foster carers come from all walks of life and at all stages of their lives. You or someone you know may be single, raising their own family, never had children or retired … we’d love to hear from you!

So during the Fostering Network’s annual campaign Foster Care Fortnight 13th May – 26th May, why not pick up that phone on 01925-444100, click on our website or find us on Facebook @foster4cheshire and take that first step… We’re waiting to hear from you!

Fostering changes lives...#changeafuture

Junior Cricket

Frodsham Cricket Club are looking to recruit new junior players. They are running an All Stars program for children up to age 8, free tasters on a Saturday morning, starting in May or sign up on the All Stars website . For children over age 8 and up to year 7, are welcome to come down on a Friday night for coaching with qualified ECB coaches including a new ladies cricket coach. For further info, please contact Peter O’Grady on 07956 957821.



Contact the School

Helsby Hillside Primary School

Bates Lane
Helsby, Frodsham
Cheshire, WA6 9LN

Headteacher: Mr C Richardson
School Contacts: Mrs F MacCready
& Mrs S Tregilgas

Tel: 01928 722991